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Gambia authorities identify exhumed bodies

July 9, 2018

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia’s justice minister says authorities have identified four bodies exhumed last year to shed light on the circumstances of their deaths and allow their families to hold proper burials.

Justice Minister Aboubacarr Tambadou said Monday that preliminary results identified the remains as those of activist Solo Sandeng as well as three people allegedly killed during a shootout after a 2014 attempt to overthrow then President Yahya Jammeh. Sandeng led a protest march in April 2016 met by a police crackdown that saw the arrests of dozens of people and subsequently Sandeng’s death.

Jammeh’s rule was marked by arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.

Current President Adama Barrow was elected in December 2016 and has vowed to make sure justice prevails for past abuses.

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